Petaluma Girl Struck by Van Outside McKinley Elementary School in Critical Condition

An 11-year-old Petaluma girl is in critical condition at Children's Hospital in Oakland.

An 11-year-old girl who was struck by a van outside McKinley Elementary School on Tuesday is in critical condition at Children's Hospital in Oakland, a Petaluma police lieutenant said.

Mercy Martinez and another girl ran onto Ellis Street after school as a white Ford van was approaching around 2:50 p.m. Petaluma police Lt. Tim Lyons said.

The other girl stopped short and fell backwards, hitting her head, but Martinez struck the side of the passing van and was run over, Lyons said.

Martinez was taken to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, and was then transferred to Children's Hospital. The driver of the van stopped at the scene. He had swerved in an attempt to avoid hitting the girls, and there is no indication he was at fault, Lyons said.

The girls were not in a crosswalk at the time of the accident.

-Bay City News

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Claron Werner December 20, 2012 at 12:51 AM
Why is this breaking news on Wednesday afternoon?
Carlos Villatoro December 20, 2012 at 06:47 AM
Thanks Claron, this is an update with the information that the girl remains in critical condition and was transferred from Santa Rosa Memorial to Children's Hospital in Oakland. Let's hope she pulls through.
Ptown December 20, 2012 at 04:16 PM
Claron, for the sake of this child and her family and friends please delete your thoughtless post. I'm with ya Carlos, hope she pulls through
Ed December 21, 2012 at 02:14 AM
Too many drivers ignore speed limits.This would be a prime location PPD, spend a few weeks here instead of hauling ass down Payran St.
Petaluma resident December 25, 2012 at 02:32 AM
He was going 12 miles an hour in a 25 mph zone


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